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Belle View Elementary School

Public | PK-6 | 527 students

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted Tuesday, October 28, 2014

I love this school and my children have thrived in the environment! I cannot believe that GS has given BVES a rating of 4 out of 10. It is a wonderful school with wonderful families, teachers and staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 21, 2014

This is a full-service school. It has programs and teachers prepared to provide instruction in a variety of ways to a diverse student body. Inherent to this model is the idea of tolerance and acceptance of all different types of learners. All are welcome and all are respected. The parental involvement is stellar, creating what feels like a real community ( a village, if you will) of parents and teachers working together. It is a school of caring, involved people.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2014

Teachers are encouraging and friendly. This school doesn't pressure kids which is great, I think. The mood is encouraging and supportive.There is a garden for growing vegetables and an 'outdoor classroom' curriculum. My child is in SACC here and those teachers are great too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 18, 2013

Some teachers are good but I have not been happy with how the Principal, his staff and some long tenured teachers or counselors handle discipline. I find their approach accusatory towards the parents, defensive when asked to provide information or evidence and plainly inadequately prepared to deal with the new generation of children who are highly active and eager to move around and about. I would like to point out also that there has been a significant increase in hispanic attendance this year at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2013

Elementary schools are very much a human thing, the culture, values, and attention a school places in its students is a result of the principle setting the direction and engagement, the teachers, and the parents. Both my son's are pupil placed at Belle View because of the strength of their Autism Program. Having my children in other schools within Fairfax County I can say that one of the things that makes Belle View so wonderful is the atmosphere set by the Principal. He is engaged in the culture of the school, in the teachers, and with the PTA. He is always responsive to student and parent needs. From what I can tell he is also responsive to teachers' needs as much as resources allow him to be. The school culture focuses on respect through-out the entire spectrum and this is a huge benefit to those students in the Autism and Learning Disabled programs. Is it perfect; no. Have we had some problems; some. But the fact that we can work with teachers and principal to resolve them and everyone in engaged in the student's well being makes it a great school. It is the only school I've seen where parents, teachers, and principal really do all work together -- for the students!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2012

My daughter has been at Belle View for four years. She loves it, and every teacher she's had. Every year during orientation she insists on visiting each of her past teachers. I love the personal attention she gets at this school; the staff in the front office knows everyone, as it seems do the teachers. With a class size of 16 this year, I couldn't be happier. All across the country classrooms are overcrowded, but this year somehow we got lucky at Belle View. Her teacher this year is tremendous. She's smart, dedicated, firm and friendly. My daughter has never been happier at school and I couldn't be more thrilled. Plus, the arts and extracurricular activities that are available are wonderful, including sports programs, foreign language programs, Girls on the Run, orchestra, etc. It's a great place to send your child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2011

Belle View is a happy place. When you think of the quintessential all-American grade school, this school comes as close as you can imagine. Like all schools, their hands in the classroom are largely tied to teaching towards the SOLs but there is a deep sense of caring for the students from the front office to the classroom and to all the parents and other volunteers who fill the gap and provide all sorts of "added" activities from field trips to sock hops, sports activities and art experiences. Children of all abilities are respected and the presence of the school within the school that assists childrens with more severe disabilities provides a learning environment for all the students that extends well beyond lessons learned in a book to ones that are learned in life.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2009

I have two second graders and a third grader who attend Belle View and we love it. The teachers are fantastic, and all of my children have benefited. I have one child in the Special Education Autism-Only class and his teacher is one of the best Special Ed teachers I've ever seen. This school has a very positive enviroment for kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2008

Outstanding diversity and G & T program...now have a 2nd & 3rd grader who have had great experiences throughout.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2008

Belle View truly is the best kept secret in Fairfax County. The new principal is wonderful and has greatly enhanced the entire school in the past 2 years. Staff are dedicated to the children and go the extra mile. My son's kindergarten class will be performing an opera for the entire school--all because the teacher believes in the kids and in giving them opportunities to grow and shine. They have fully participated in costume and prop development, integrating many skills. Teachers are well-trained to work with all levels of learners. We love BV!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2006

I am not a parent though I did attend BVES myself and I currently have two younger siblings in attendance there. I can tell anyone reading this my past experiences and what my siblings think. I loved Belle View! I can still remember our school song! I started at BV in preschool and graduated in sixth grade. I loved all my teachers. We as students all thought we had the coolest lunch ladies, the kindest nurse and a wonderful music and P.E. staff. This was back in the 1990's. Today, my brother and sister share the same view. I've never heard them come home crying or upset with a classmate or a teacher/staff member most importantly. Some of a child's most impressionable years are spent in elementary school and I believe Belle View ES left a fine one on me, as it will with my younger brother and sister.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 12, 2005

My son attends Belle View and I am thrilled with his experience thus far. The staff is kind, caring, and dedicated to teaching every child. The ratio is incredible, my son s class has 20 kids - and there is a full time aid assigned to the classroom. The children attend art class once a week, music twice a week and gym twice a week. The media center is very nice, with rows of mac and pc workstations, tons of books, and a few dozen children magazine subscriptions. The older students create a news show that they broadcast throughout the school. Parent involvement is top notch. They lead many enrichment programs including Reflections (a creative competition), Odyssey of the Mind, Foreign language, and a variety of after school sports groups. Belle View should definitely be on every parent s list of schools to tour. My family couldn t be happier with Belle View!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2005

Recently I enrolled my child to Bell View Elementry school. My child felt and talked about how the teacher is nice to other kids and gets mad at what he does. Also when he asks his teacher if he could use the restroom she tells him he can hold it. When other kids ask she let's them go use the bathroom. My son's confiedence was really down and he felt like did not like him. Now i took my son out of bell view school and hope this wont happen to other kids. Children learn from their teachers everyday. I don't want my son to learn it's ok to show favorism or it's ok to treat other people differently. Kids are our future.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English: Reading

The state average for English: Reading was 72% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
77%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 87% in 2012.

75 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
85%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
84%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
82%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

The state average for English: Reading was 70% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
97%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 84% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
80%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

The state average for English: Reading was 73% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
100%
English: Writing

The state average for English: Writing was 71% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
92%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 89% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
89%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

The state average for English: Reading was 74% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
98%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 86% in 2012.

10 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
72%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

All Students72%
Female students91%
Male students59%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
White students81%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities68%
Students without disabilities73%
Limited English proficient students65%
Proficient in English76%

Math

All Students47%
Female students52%
Male students44%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic30%
Multiracialn/a
White students65%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged23%
Not economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disabilities44%
Students without disabilities49%
Limited English proficient students30%
Proficient in English58%

Science

All Students77%
Female students88%
Male students70%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic75%
Multiracialn/a
White students81%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities53%
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient students74%
Proficient in English79%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Virginia Department of Education. Data is not reported when there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

All Students68%
Female students68%
Male students69%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic29%
Multiracial64%
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities74%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English74%

Math

All Students70%
Female students71%
Male students69%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic79%
Multiracial64%
White students74%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilities41%
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English70%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Virginia Department of Education. Data is not reported when there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

All Students67%
Female students62%
Male students72%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic56%
Multiracialn/a
White students79%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities40%
Students without disabilities77%
Limited English proficient students36%
Proficient in English77%

English: Writing

All Students62%
Female students62%
Male students62%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic44%
Multiracialn/a
White students79%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities33%
Students without disabilities72%
Limited English proficient students21%
Proficient in English75%

Math

All Students59%
Female students55%
Male students63%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic47%
Multiracialn/a
White students64%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged28%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities40%
Students without disabilities66%
Limited English proficient students40%
Proficient in English66%

Science

All Students60%
Female students55%
Male students66%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic33%
Multiracialn/a
White students73%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities47%
Students without disabilities65%
Limited English proficient students21%
Proficient in English73%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Virginia Department of Education. Data is not reported when there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

All Students71%
Female students89%
Male students57%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic42%
Multiracialn/a
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities40%
Students without disabilities86%
Limited English proficient students33%
Proficient in English83%

Math

All Students73%
Female students88%
Male students64%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities55%
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient students47%
Proficient in English87%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Virginia Department of Education. Data is not reported when there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".
  • In 2007-2008, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".

About the tests


Virginia school accreditation ratings reflect student achievement on Standards of Learning (SOL) tests and other assessments in English, history/social science, math and science. The 2009-2010 ratings are based on passing rates on tests taken during the 2008-2009 school year or on overall achievement during the three most recent years. Schools are identified as either Fully Accredited, Accredited with Warning, Conditionally Accredited or Accreditation Denied.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 76% in 2013.

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n/a

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2011

 
 
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2010

 
 
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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) End-of-Course tests to assess students in reading, writing, math, science and history/social science subjects at the end of each course, regardless of the student's grade level. The SOL End-of-Course tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. High school students must pass at least six SOL End-of-Course tests to graduate. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

Algebra I

All Studentsn/a
Female studentsn/a
Male studentsn/a
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

Geometry

All Studentsn/a
Female studentsn/a
Male studentsn/a
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) End-of-Course tests to assess students in reading, writing, math, science and history/social science subjects at the end of each course, regardless of the student's grade level. The SOL End-of-Course tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. High school students must pass at least six SOL End-of-Course tests to graduate. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Virginia Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

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